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This site is dedicated to all who served aboard the USS Kretchmer, 1943 - 1973.

The USS Kretchmer Reunion Group was formed in 1988 when WWII Kretchmer crewman Dwane "Red" Robinson and his wife Rosie took the initiative, did the work and held the first reunion in their hometown of Emporia, Kansas. We have held a reunion every year (except 2020) since. We are proud to have on board crew members from the years 1943 through 1973.

This site is here for anyone with ties to the USS Kretchmer DE/DER329 to find old shipmates, to communicate with and share stories and photos and to get updates on mates, first mates and family. Our ultimate goal is to get you to attend a reunion!


Reunion 2019

Carolyn and I were honored to host the 32nd annual Kretchmer reunion here in our home-town of Dayton, Ohio.  Dates were Sept. 11-15 and all 80-some Kretchmer family and friends had a good time in the "Birthplace of Aviation".  Considering the health problems that Carolyn and I have had for the past year, we could not have managed this event without the duo of Lavon and Patti Miller stepping up to manage the Hospitality Room, from purchase to set-up to clean-up.  Thanks to all who attended and supported another successful party.



       2021 REUNION NEWS

The lost  year 2020 is behind us and it's time to start thinking about getting together agin.  Hopefully, by fall we will be able to reunite for the 33rd USS KRETCHMER reunion in September, and for many years to come.

                  Ron and Sharon Basil will host this 2021 party in Florida.
                          DATES ARE SEPTEMBER 15  - 19, 2021
They have chosen the Holiday Inn Ft. Myers Airport @ Towne Center to be our home base.
                       Room rate will be $92.00 per day + 11.5% tax
Call 1 888 465 4329 for reservations and reference the hotel location and USS KRETCHMER REUNION.


TO VIEW PHOTOS OF THE 2019 DAYTON REUNION, COURTESY OF                                        
                    RALPH SULEK and CAROLYN STRONG,                    
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